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UNUSUAL HEN BEHAVIOUR: JUST ACCLIMATISATION PROBLEMS?
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I BOUGHT A PAIR OF TUFTED PADUAN HENS 3 DAYS AGO, I NOTICED THAT THEY ALWAYS LOWER THEIR HEADS AND THEN RAISE THEM AGAIN AS IF THEY WERE FALLING ASLEEP AND THEN WAKING UP. COULD THIS BE DUE TO THE FACT THAT THEY STILL HAVE TO ACCLIMATATE?
Problems of acclimatisation never lead to such symptoms, the situation illustrated here suggests problems with coccidiosis and some form of respiratory disease.
A definite diagnosis can only be made through laboratory exams, and it is therefore advisable to take animals showing abnormal behavior to the nearest Zooprophylactic Institute.
In any case it is advisable to keep the animals in good conditions of well-being and environmental hygiene.
In this regard, it is important to maintain a proper concentration of animals in the poultry house (no more than 4 animals per square metre) and in the hen house (no more than 10 animals per square metre).
It is always useful to control the natural ventilation and humidity of the rooms where the animals live.
Ensure shelter from prevailing currents even at pasture, with hedges, windbreaking bushes, etc.